Australia Nudges Ahead Of England In Second Ashes Test
Cameron Bancroft claimed a stunning catch then survived 13 overs to help Australia reach 1-30 at stumps on day two of the second Test at Lord's, where England were rolled for 258.
Bancroft's bat-pad reflexes and resolute batting, tested out by debutant Jofra Archer and an on-song Stuart Broad under lights, helped the visitors take the early honours in the contest.
Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon snagged three wickets each in London, where Tim Paine opted to bowl on Thursday after the opening day was washed out without a ball being bowled.
Forecast rain in the coming days could stall Australia's bid for a 2-0 series lead at the home of cricket, likewise a day-three collapse.
But they now trail by 228 runs and are in a position to bat their way into a position of dominance on Friday, when Bancroft and Usman Khawaja will resume on five and 11 respectively.
Broad, who has now dismissed David Warner three times from three attempts this series, could easily have taken a couple more wickets during an impressive opening spell.
Jonny Bairstow was the final England wicket to fall, having gone down swinging on 52, while Rory Burns was dropped twice en route to top-scoring with 53.
Lyon trapped Ben Stokes lbw, clean bowled Broad then had Bairstow caught in the deep to bring his career tally to 355 Test wickets, equal with Dennis Lillee.
Paine wasted both reviews and was responsible for one of three catches that Australia put down in England's innings that spanned 77.1 overs.
Paine was also frustrated by a 72-run stand from Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes that came when England were 6-138.
But there was plenty for Paine to like, especially the form of recalled paceman Hazlewood.
Hazlewood removed Jason Roy for a third-ball duck then trapped Joe Root lbw in a superb opening spell, reducing the hosts to 2-26.
Burns and Joe Denly rallied to reach lunch and push their team to 2-92, only for Hazlewood to step up and ignite a collapse of 4-46.
Denly, Burns, Jos Buttler and Stokes departed in quick succession during an extended post-lunch session.
The dismissal of Burns was celebrated with particular glee, because of the fashion in which Bancroft created something from nothing at short leg but also the fact the opener had been dropped on 16 and 47.
Bancroft, recently described by Steve Waugh as the greatest bat-pad fielder he'd ever seen, dived to the left and the ball somehow stuck in his outstretched hand after initially popping out.
Burns lingered at the crease and wanted the third umpire to review the catch, presumably overcome with disbelief more so than doubt.
Cummins fired out Woakes and debutant Archer during a fierce bouncer barrage after tea, during which he also stuck Woakes on the helmet.